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Pursuit and gunfire with law enforcement lands Johnson County man in hospital

Just after 10 a.m. Monday three Indiana State Troopers were involved in an incident that led to one trooper exchanging gunfire with a suspect.

No officers were injured. The suspect was transported to an area hospital in stable condition. 

The troopers were following investigative leads to locate Christopher Crouch, 36, of Nineveh, who was wanted on several felony warrants. Their investigation led them to the Quality Inn near McFarland Blvd. and Southport Crossing Drive. When one of the troopers went into the lobby of the hotel, they saw Crouch coming out of a room and into the hallway. Crouch ran for the exit and the trooper pursued.

Crouch was able to get into a car and drive away. Another trooper was able to pursue with his police car. Crouch drove a short distance and then drove over a curb, over an embankment and into a pond off of Southport Crossing Drive.

After the crash, Crouch got out of the car and ran south. The trooper was chasing Crouch on foot when he came to the edge of a second pond, Crouch stopped and the trooper could see a gun in his hand. The trooper gave several commands to drop the weapon before the exchange of gunfire. 

Immediately after the exchange, the troopers on scene rendered medical aid to the suspect, who had a gunshot wound. Paramedics were called to the scene and troopers continued medical aid until they arrived.

The suspect was transported to an area hospital and is listed in stable condition.

Investigators remained on scene collecting evidence to be submitted to the crime lab for further analysis. It was determined the car Crouch used to flee from police was stolen from Terre Haute on Friday.

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